Cell phones to be given away for qualified Arizonans on Saturday

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By Andrew Michalscheck By Andrew Michalscheck

PHOENIX -- Hundreds of Arizonans who qualify can get their hands on a free cell phone Saturday thanks to two groups.

AZ Common Ground and Unite Me Now will be at Faith Missionary Baptist Church in Phoneix to give away free Blackberry phones with 250 monthly minutes and texts to the first 500 people who qualify.

Every month on the activation date the phones will be reloaded with 250 additional minutes. They must have their paperwork and identification prepared.

"We planned to launch this event before Thanksgiving so that families and communities could call each other during the holidays," said Ileah Kalika, Founder and CEO of Unite Me Now. "We are on a mission to help as many people as possible."

The event starts at 9:00 a.m. and goes until 6 p.m. The program is not funded by the government, but the qualifications are federally governed.

In order to qualify, you must bring a valid ID, and must participate in one of the following programs: Arizona's Children's Health Insurance Program called KidsCare (CHIP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Section 8, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System (Medicaid/AHCCCS), National School Lunch Program (NSLP), or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, (SNAP), Formerly Known As Food Stamps. If your income is at or below the 150% federal poverty guidelines, you can qualify for Lifeline.

For more information, on the Unite Me Now's pre qualifications to receive free phones, visit http://www.unitemenow.org/